We want to assure all clients and friends that we are addressing the coronavirus situation. We are following the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, and other federal and state authorities to ensure that our attorneys, staff, clients and visitors are protected from the potential spread of this virus. Our office remains open at this time. We have made provisions for sufficient numbers of our staff and attorneys at work remotely to create a safer environment and provide adequate social distancing for those who work and visit our office. We will continue to service our clients without interruption or change in the quality that Bastarrika, Soto, Gonzalez, & Somohano is known for. In the unlikely event it becomes necessary to close our office, we have plans in place for all of our attorneys and staff to work remotely and continue answering phone calls and emails with our usual promptness while at the same time delivering timely legal services to our clients. It remains our priority to address our clients’ legal matters while at the same time protecting the health and well-being of all employees.
NJSBA says law firms should be considered essential businesses
The NJSBA told government officials that lawyers and law firms are essential and should not be closed. The public’s right to access to justice is one of the core foundations of a just and civilized society, the Association told officials in Bergen County and the Governor. Lawyers across the state are being flooded with urgent issues, like how to protect themselves from abuse, how to prepare a power of attorney for what may be coming, and what to do if they risk mortgage delinquency because of debt. “Shutting down such access is not something that can be taken lightly,” the letter stated. Lawyers are doing their part to be responsible citizens, while still zealously advocating for their clients, and our state’s citizens, best interests.”